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Uperoleia martini

Martin's Toadlet

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Data Deficient

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
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Description

A medium-sized species of frog reaching up to 3.5 cm in body length. It has a light grey or nearly black back, with dark brown or pale brown patches. There is often an indistinct, pale brown longitudinal stripe along the middle of the head. There is sometimes a yellow patch under the eye. The belly is dark brown and covered with tiny bluish-grey spots; the male has a nearly black throat. The pupil is nearly round, and the iris is gold or gold-brown. The tops of the arms at the shoulder are yellow, and the groin and the backs of the thighs are bright yellow. Fingers and toes are unwebbed, both with small discs. The parotoid glands on the shoulders are very large.

Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid singly on vegetation under the surface of the water in ponds, swamps, and flooded grassland. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 4 cm, and are nearly black in colour. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies. It is unknown how long they take to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring to summer.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Uperoleia laevigata and Uperoleia tyleri in and near its distribution, but has a different belly colour to Uperoleia laevigata and a different call to Uperoleia tyleri.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Calls

By: Renee Catullo

By: Stephen Mahony

Distribution

Found only along the east coast of VIC and southernmost coast of NSW.

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